Mark 11:9–10 “Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’”
If you come by our house in the evenings, you might step right in the middle of a dinosaur attack. You see, my son, David, is obsessed with dinosaurs. He must borrow as many dinosaur books from the library as he can. While he can identify by name a tyrannosaurus rex, a diplodocus, a triceratops, and a velociraptor, he is quickly adding more identities to his mental map.
As I said, if you come to our house in the evening, you might enter a dinosaur attack. David and Grace might be chasing me around the house as dinosaurs, seeking their prey. Thankfully, they do not catch me very often, or I might not be around to write this article.
David tries to convince his sister that he is the tyrannosaurus rex and that she is the velociraptor. But she doesn’t buy it. They both must be T-Rex’s.
The tyrannosaurus rex is known as the “king of the dinosaurs.” While we do not know much about this dinosaur, we know what a king is.
To label something a king, we say that they are better or more important than all the others. The others follow the king or run away to a different jurisdiction. That’s my role in the dinosaur hierocracy: I run away and hope I am not eaten.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem as king. We celebrate this occasion on Palm Sunday. Some churches have a procession of kids waving palm branches. Some churches have plays or special readings. Some churches do nothing.
Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week. Jesus enters Jerusalem as king at the beginning. At the end of the week, Jesus walks out of the tomb alive, proving that he is truly king.
If he is king, what is our response? We either follow him, or we run away from him. There is no middle ground. Too often, we say that we are his followers, but in reality, we are running away from him with our lives, words, and actions. If we followed him, we would reflect on him with our lives, words, and actions.
Which is it?
Jesus is king!
Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Neligh, NE. Missionary with RHMA. Husband to Maggie. Father to Grace, David, and Daniel. Saved by Jesus Christ